Author: García Hernández, María Magdalena

Title: Testimony of María Magdalena García Hernández, Interview with Andrea Davis and Elize Mazadiego; July 18, 2009.

Published: Escalquens, France, Spanish Civil War Memory Project, 2009.

Description: 1 tapes

Notes: María Magdalena García Hernández's testimony is in Spanish without subtitles. The testimony was recorded in Escalquens, France.

Summary: María Magdalena García Hernández tells that her granddaughter found on the Internet that the libraries of the University of California, San Diego and Columbia University have archives that include drawings she made during the Civil War. María Magdalena recalls being a child during the war. She remembers that in the mornings they were picked up and taken to France, and at night they were returned to Spain. María Magdalena narrates that the man who cared for them would make the children draw things about the war to keep them occupied. She recounts making a drawing of houses damaged by the bombardments and another of the refugees crossing the border to reach the tunnel and enter France. María Magdalena relates that she and her family sought exile in France in 1939 and were placed in the Argelès-sur-Mer concentration camp. She notes that later the mothers and small children were taken to a refuge in Cordes-sur-Ciel, and the men were placed in a concentration camp. María Magdalena explains the importance of her drawings and the reason why she drew damaged houses.The archive, They Still Draw Pictures: Drawings Made by Spanish Children during the Spanish Civil War, circa 1938, can be found on the Webpage of the Mandeville Special Collections Library of the University of California, San Diego

Cite as: García Hernández, María Magdalena. Testimony of the Spanish Civil War and the Francoist Dictatorship. University of California, San Diego, 2009.